When in Rome (or anywhere) do these 3 Things

Three travel tips to get to know the people of countries you visit. Seeing the tourists sites has value. Likely part of why you planned your trip. Reaching another level of value for the Goodman Giants, family of travel bloggers, happens when the Giants see and learn how the people in non-US countries live.

Giant proof ways to learn how others live:

Travel Tip One: Go to the grocery store. Locals shop at grocery stores. Grandmas, families, single men in biker shorts, women who haven’t gotten their hair did… Want to see a cross section of society in the when visiting a foreign country? Go to the grocery store.

  • In Europe the employees at the grocery check out sit versus the normal standing done by United States counterparts.
  • Orange Fanta soda in Italy has pulp! About as much as low-pulp orange juice.
  • In Germany most bottles purchased include a deposit. What a cool thing to use a machine like this at the grocery store! The scanner puts on a show and won’t be tricked by a bottle with no deposit like the last one in the video below.

Have you been to the grocery store while on a foreign vacation?

Travel Tip Two: Laundromats are for locals. Tourists pack enough clothes for the duration of their trip, use hotel machines and services, or wash items in the hotel sink. Locals use laundromats. They ride up on bikes, walk in with armloads, and roll up in BMWs. See a real cross section of humanity, talked to them (they are often board), and observed others while watching whites dance with the one stray dress sock.

Sample life while creating memorable  washing adventures. The experiences can be frazzling in the moments when you think you will board a flight with suitcases too heavy for Hercules because no dryers are available. Exhibit A, or at least a link to it, makes the site below a dream!

Travel Tip Three: Ever seen a movie in the theater while traveling abroad? Did you know that in Mexico salsa is available to slather popcorn in like most would use butter traditionally in the States? Special insight is gained by being with people doing what they do away from tourists.

Fancy words like Dynamic used to Trick

Ever hear of dynamic currency conversion?

500 Euros and you think, “How much is that in US dollars? Quick math to calculate this isn’t easy for everyone. So foreign merchants will often offer to perform a dynamic currency conversion, even calling it DCC. This service immediately converts the foreign amount to dollars, giving you a better idea of how much you’re about to spend. Sounds great, right? There’s a catch. Merchants aren’t offering this out of kindness—they charge a significant fee for DCC, as much as 7% of the purchase price.

We knew there was a reason this is offered, not until researching did we know the high price of convenient conversion.